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Del Mar for Sunday 21 August 2011



Just a reminder we will be covering 2 or 3 days of the short Fpx meeting. I will let you know those days next week. I love thoroughbred racing and you know I like to handicap but I also like down time where I hike, bike, inline skate and bang the tennis ball around and give my mind a rest. Any tennis (A/B level or better) or avid inline skaters out there? We do have 2 tennis pro's and 1 golf pro as customers that I know of. Both professions are notorious for having horse players.


race 1    slightly above average clarity

4  Candy And Thunder   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start and it is somewhat hidden.......smooth trip can win this

1  Sister Moon   Sadler has been a roll with his 1st timers and has a shot getting to the winners circle  3 days in a row with a debut runner

6  Lady Fairbanks   like the 1 horse ran much better in 2nd lifetime 3 are solid but difficult to split


race 2    below average clarity

4  Mr. Instigator   very difficult race to decipher but it looks set for a closer like this guy who if he is ready off of the prolonged layoff he should fit at this level

6  Mack's Golden Bullet   bad spot for a speed horse but last looks like a grass tightener and Bejarano may attempt to get this fellow to rate

8  Polly's Dancer   just claimed and his new conditioner puts Rosario up who owns the only win for this horse

5  Liberal Arts   Sadler just doesn't give good alw horses away this easily.....but......awfully tough here if I am wrong


race 3    average clarity

6  Tanda   quality sprinter and seemingly 6 1/2 might be the perfect distance for her........and 1st time Mike Mitchell doesn't hurt either

4  Mildly Offensive   gets in light and this looks like a good spot for speed so blinkers on a fairly quick horse sure seems like good timing here

5  Irish Gypsy   very consistent Baffert sprinter was given a bad trip at Sar and had to cope with an off track....toss it out......back home and just worked a reassuring 3F bullet

2  She's  Cheeky   likes the distance......likes Del trainer.......and gets a positive rider switch


race 4    slightly above average clarity

4  Rosehill Dew   wisely scratched out of yesterday's Grade 1.......fits solidly back in an alw affair.....better than par adjusted for trouble figs in last 2

1  Butterfly Beach   nice horse has done everything right on the grass....should be in the hunt from the get go with top jock up

5  Glowing Spirit   top notch BRZ invader is training like she is something special and Avila is solid with overseas invaders

9  Wallstreeter  good horse on a tough post but has tactical speed.....needs a good ride from Martin who is better on the main track but still capable on the sod


race 5    average clarity

5  Gallatin's Run   last two wins  came second out after the layoff (today's scenario) and Mitchell most likely knows this and sets things up for a full go today

8  Dixie Trouper   last sprint 2 back is solid and better than it appears in print....last looks like a route workout to drop an go go go

3  Afleet Deal   claimed repeatedly and seems to fire from every's O'neill's turn today

6  Patriotic Soldier   not the best trainers off of layoffs but he has had a good meet and this horse's last race back in late June was a bad trip good adjusted for trouble fig


race 6    average clarity

1  Halo Dolly   crushing foes in winning 4 in a row and her last on the sod is strong.....trainer shows signs of waking up.....can be in a nice chase position

6  Warren's Jitterbug    this trainer has woken up and has this consistent grass runner training sharply....should be flying late with a great late closing  jock in Gomez

5  Catie's Secret   good speed spot and only 1 mile to hold on....also this filly seems rather easy to rate


race 7    average clarity

8  Safe World   just claimed by a trainer who could use a win......multiple trouble in last for this filly so much so that getting beat by 7 was as good as you could expect.....Bejarano wants mount back as he knows he screwed up

6  Lucky Sis   looks like possible front runner here and a good speed jock aboard

9  L'enchantresse   squeezed badly in layoff run last....actually most of career fits solidly here but hangs hangs hangs....but as I've said before Rosario is the best I have seen at getting hangers to win

10  Dance Little Angel   claimed....turf tightener......drops.....sure looks "meant" today


race 8    slightly above clarity

4  Mr. Make Believe    bad trip in last earning a powerful Top Turf Today fig......Gomez will be out to make amends today

9  Antidote   owns good speed in this spot so he can use that speed to find decent position before turn 1.......runs well 2nd out after a layoff ....that's what we have today

7  Oilisblackgold   nice horse has run only 1 turf race and it was OK but many of her main track races fit so she deserves another shot to live up to her good grass pedigree

1  Renegade Storm   consistent late turf cutter should be a factor late as she usually is....Bejarano knows her well


race 9    average clarity

5  Boomtown   needs to stick with races on synthetic surfaces....last 3 on AW are good versus this bunch

13  You Little Devil   earned a solid fig/effort with a bad trip in last......will need a good ride from a tough post

4  Delta Fix    vanned away but didn't look that bad pulling up.........hmmm....don't you just love coping with these kind

7  Warren's Wild Thing   finally gets to run 6F which I think is a good sprint distance for this gelding....also very nice bullet drill at SA one week ago

9  Pushbackjack

12  Top Torero



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